It’s already looking like another rough week for Greg Gianforte’s effort to buy himself the governor’s office. In words that were probably strikingly familiar to readers of this blog, the Great Falls Tribune took Gianforte to task for his repeated dishonesty during the campaign, writing that they are disappointed by his “tendency to talk without having the facts to back him up.” That’s polite talk for lying.
This evening, a new ad highlighting one of those lies hit the Internet and will likely be seen by many Montana voters. It’s the best kind of negative political ad, because it’s entirely true. When the candidate’s response has continued to be to keep repeating the lie, despite press coverage, despite legal filings, and despite the obvious truth, it’s a wound that simply won’t go away.
It’s never mattered to me that Mr. Gianforte wasn’t born in Montana, but it does seem clear that he hasn’t learned in the past twenty years here just how seriously we take our public access or how much stock we put in how people treat their neighbors.